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July 4, 2014

Batman blogs about the importance of ordering onomatopoeia correctly!

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Published on July 04, 2014 08:54 • 39 views • Tags: adam-west, alfred, batman, burt-ward, egghead, joker, mr-freeze, robin

June 28, 2014

New blogs from Batman, Joker, Alfred, Mr Freeze and Egghead!

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Published on June 28, 2014 07:30 • 5 views • Tags: adam-west, alfred, batman, burt-ward, egghead, joker, mr-freeze, robin

June 22, 2014

As a 23-year football fan and 10-year football writer, I am not in the least surprised by the England team's early exit from the 2014 World Cup.

Rather, I am bemused by the naivety which continues to engulf both English players and media, despite two decades of warning signs. The players seem hopelessly unable to realize that their high salaries are not necessarily indicators of their true abilities. The media, meanwhile, still seem guided by the false myth that the players reported upon most must naturally be the best!

In fact, the high salaries paid to England's elite hold the key to understanding our footballing weakness. The pay checks received by Rooney, Gerard and co. are directly linked to the revenue the Premier League brand is able to generate, which in turn is the result of greater foreigner participation. Foreigners are good, and foreigners attract more fans from other nations. Both of these are conducive to a world-beating brand, and a corresponding reduction of domestic talent.

This also means that even the finest English footballers no longer wish to test themselves abroad, as only the giants of European football can match the wages paid by most of the Premier League's top ten. Most English players these days, of course, never even reach the technical level required to attract suitors from overseas.

So how to reverse this astonishing numerical decline in talented English footballers able to hack it on the international stage? The way forward is simple.


1) Get physical, kick and run. While the old English style was oft lampooned as in some way being "uncultured," it was infinitely more effective than what we see before us now. We can never hope to beat the Europeans and South Americans on a technical level, but we can certainly make life very uncomfortable for them on the physical side, relying on a combination of pace and power. We have to force the opponents to play at a pace they don't like.


2) Properly overcome our limitations. The classic McGuffin which suggests that "great" English club players simply freeze on the international stage needs to be consigned to history. The reason these players look so good at club level is because their foreign team-mates are able to make things easier for them with their incredible armory of skills. Take these foreigners away and replace them with white-shirted Englishmen bereft of these skills, and the club players are totally unable to act in the same way on an international pitch. We need English players to enjoy each other's company more often domestically, as they are under Brendan Rogers' Liverpool reign. Only that way can they properly understand what skills England team-mates have and don't have, and can adapt their club game accordingly, week in, week out.

3. 18-20 year olds. The much-maligned FA Panel looking into football development has at least hit the nail on the head in terms of focusing on 18-20 year olds. Since the spectacular rise of Wayne Rooney in 2002, there has been absolutely nobody in the 18-20 age group who has suggested they are destined for international greatness. Who are the genuine rising English stars of today? It is sad to ponder exactly how much domestic football talent has been wasted, how many English teenagers' dreams have been smashed, how many international matches might have been won had the thousands of talented kids graduating Premier League academies actually received more first-team playing time from an early age. Politicians might even be tempted to call it a waste of economic resources.

4. Media morons. The media also needs to change its attitude to the Premier League. A worrying number of journalists seem to think that Costa Rica can't be any good simply because they never report on them. It is the media's responsibility to keep players' feet on the ground, properly researching international opponents so that a truer understanding of England's level can be obtained. In the Youtube age, they can easily point out videos highlighting amazing skills possessed by little-known South American players, and urge England to watch out for them in future World Cups.
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Published on June 22, 2014 02:44 • 53 views • Tags: 2014, brazil, champions, england, football, rooney, soccer, world-cup

June 14, 2014

I noticed something startling about my Goodreads/ Kindle reviews last week. Basically, the American reviewers really like me, and the British reviewers - my fellow countrymen - don't really like me.

What to conclude from this?

Firstly, my decision to flee Britain for Japan has been vindicated. I always felt I never fitted in there. You need to be a far less sensitive fellow than me to make your way up that increasingly greasy pole of British society.

Secondly, British reviewers seem more inclined to look for faults. I've had some formatting faults quite rightly pointed out by American readers, which I was only too happy to correct. But these faults were balanced with praise for what was done correctly. The British reviews contain no balance whatsoever - simply bitterness.

Thirdly, American reviewers seem much more to understand that the value of my work lies not in single pages, but in the bigger picture of what the entire text is trying to achieve.

I look on my writing as a service which entails helping the reader understand concepts which I can explain better than the texts currently available. I find it no small feat to be born in the 1980s but have enough inquisitiveness and worldliness to immerse oneself in research of the 1960s. Not only that, but to use my knowledge of the present responsibly to extrapolate the trends of the 60s and explain what they still mean for our lives today. Most importantly, there is no other published writer possessed of the same combination of upbringing, study, life experience and obsession with the topic who can analyze 60s Batman in my inimitable way. Maybe other people can, but they have not published their thoughts yet.

Effort is seldom rewarded in proportions that we find acceptable. Hence, it is doubly-important to remind yourself of the effort that you put in when reading negative reviews. Only those who feel they could have done more have just cause to be hurt.
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Published on June 14, 2014 00:01 • 51 views • Tags: adam-west, batman, kindle, review, writing

June 9, 2014

Sepp Blatter's warped take on the world is a constant source of marvel. It really is as if Walter Mitty changed his passport and grew old in an ivory tower in Zurich.

Apparently, the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process - which saw the beautiful game's most iconic tournament not-at-all oddly awarded to the footballing giants of Qatar - will be completely neutral. Except, of course, that President Blatter has already seen fit to comment on it. Those who question Qatar's status as a nation with a proud, decades-long footballing heritage are "discriminating and racist," I am intrigued to learn. Furthermore, once FIFA's top lawyer Michael Garcia concludes his report into the bidding process, "that will be the end of the matter," says Mitty.

Well, no doubts at all about impartiality there, then. When you look at Blatter's totally non-coercive attitude towards FIFA operations over the last two decades, it could be perfectly conceivable that Mr Garcia would deliver an all-settling final ruling that does not reflect what the President wants. (And he does openly support Qatar).

What is even more amusing - and tragic - is Blatter's phenomenally deft tight-rope walk around the teeth-baring, fist-clenching Muhammad Bin Hammann. Mr Bin Hammann, Blatter has us believe, is of sufficiently debased character to pay bribes in the quest to obtain Blatter's job, and should be banned from FIFA accordingly. Yet, he is not of sufficiently debased character to behave that way in any other situation - i.e. engineering support for the tournament to be staged in his native Qatar. No - only Mr Blatter himself, it seems, is capable of bringing out the worst in fellow FIFA delegates.

Note also Blatter's decision to focus on attacking the English press instead of addressing the issue that five of FIFA's six major sponsors back an investigation into the Qatar affair. He would at least have some grounds to question their impartiality seeing as four of them represent nations who ran against Qatar and Russia for those same World Cups. It is nice to know that some entities, at least, have the power to keep Mr Blatter if not in check, then at least subdued. For a moment.
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Published on June 09, 2014 15:03 • 86 views • Tags: ethics, fifa-world-cup, garcia, qatar, sepp-blatter

February 3, 2014

Here's why in a 45-second video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St64A4...
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Published on February 03, 2014 08:57 • 16 views • Tags: 60s-batman-dvd

February 2, 2014

The funny thing is... I used to get depressed about writing in Japan. Everything is based on seniority here (even for foreigners) meaning that, as a youngster, my pitch was usually the first to be rejected or cut for reasons of space.

I used to actually resent the fact that editors would say: "Well-written Chris. One of the best pieces we have this issue. But I have too many pitches for the next issue so don't write anything next time." Basically, it didn't matter how well I wrote. The only way I'd get a lead story was if I waited for my nine seniors to all retire... or took some kind of MacBeth route to the summit.

And yet, actually, there's no real reason to be depressed. Why should I define my entire writing success based on how many times I've appeared in a particular publication?

Isn't it enough that via KDP, I can write on my own topics to my own schedule and deadline? That I can get the satisfaction of appealing directly to the audience and basically do everything off my own back? That I can write more words in a month than anybody else here and still have time to enjoy myself? And that I can set a few ePublishing firsts along the way?

When measured against these criteria, I'm doing just fine. No more fear of the competition from this successful writer.
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Published on February 02, 2014 16:35 • 9 views • Tags: batman-book, english, japan

January 28, 2014

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00I3OE...

Elation and jubilation! Batman at 45 Season Three is finally out.

My apologies for the delay - it needed more character research than any other volume. I even decided to color coordinate the onomatopoeia with villains' costumes!

Enjoy Bat fans. There'll be stuff on here even the DVD will miss out!
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Published on January 28, 2014 14:01 • 51 views • Tags: 60s-batman, adam-west, dvd, episode-guide

January 23, 2014

After two and a half years, 100 hours of video research and 1000 pages of analysis, my ultimate guide to the 60s Batman TV show is finally complete.

Even if I achieve nothing else in my life, I can say that I was the guy who wrote the first ebook analysis of a legendary show. It's what I've wanted to do since childhood. And as if by magic, the 60s series finally gets its DVD release just as I finish my project.
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Published on January 23, 2014 20:36 • 70 views • Tags: 60s-batman, book, dvd

October 21, 2013

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Yes, I'm still searching for greater meaning in life through Batman. And succeeding, I think. New book released last week.
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Published on October 21, 2013 08:56 • 34 views • Tags: batman, book, kindle, robin